The first Blessed Girl Teen Conference was in February, 2014. It came about after I was trying to find a conference to take teen girls to, as I had done many years ago. The problem was that the only one I located was in Nashville, which was much too far to attend. I felt the Lord impressing upon me to start one and after much prayer and consideration, I began formalizing a plan. I knew many wonderful ladies in the Roanoke Valley who could lead the seminars, and asked my daughter in Lynchburg to recommend a lady to be the main speaker. She gave me the contact information for Rachel Travis, a former Mrs. Virginia winner and a former student at Word of Life Bible College. She did an amazing job speaking and even did a sweet duet with her mother. Although I had not planned further than this first conference, the attendees and youth leaders said we must do another; and so, we did and our 8th Annual Conference was February 2021. We did not want to cancel, even with the Pandemic, so we limited our attendance and also provided a virtual option. Evaluations and comments were positive and plans are to continue a virtual option in order to reach those who are unable to attend due to illness or location.
The first Conference also was centered around the Beatitudes. Found in Matthew 5:1-12, this is one of the most well known passages and includes 8 Blessings. This is part of the sermon that Jesus gave in the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus makes it clear that broken people are accepted and that brokenness is normal. The poor in Spirit, those that mourn, the meek, the peacemakers and those who are persecuted, who hunger and thirst for righteousness, are those that Jesus came for. Because He blesses us we will be comforted, filled, show mercy, see God, and have the kingdom of heaven. Basically He is saying it is worth it, the hard times will seem small when placed next to the gifts and promises of God.
Like a parent who loves their children and wants the best for them, so too is our Lord who hurts when we hurt, yet sees the bigger picture and provides the strength we need. God who walks with us in the storm, who wipes the tears from our eyes, who works things together for our good, who gives us a promise a day in His word. God who tells us we need fellowship, we need to bear one another’s burdens, and we can cry out to Him anytime, and that He will never leave us or forsake us. This God is the one we can depend on and the one we can rely on, the one true God, the I AM. The more that we delve into who God is, the more we can be assured that His desire is to bless us.
An old song, “Count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.” Whenever I take time to count my blessings, my attitude and perspective is lifted and my load seems lighter. Let’s do that today, and more often; giving our cares and worries to God, allowing our days to be brighter and not just be blessed, but know we are blessed.
Blessings to you, Jeri #blesssedgirlteenconference